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The Chain

Adrian McKinty

McKinty’s novel is a terrifying, suspenseful pageturner about the lengths that people will go to in order to protect their children.

The Other Half of Augusta Hope

Joanna Glen

Glen’s debut is a brilliant novel about belonging.

Six Minutes

Petronella McGovern

Check out our Q&A with Petronella McGovern!

Whisper Network

Chandler Baker

Whisper Network is a timely, gripping novel about women in the workplace.

The Birdman’s Wife

Melissa Ashley

Ashley’s glorious debut novel places Elizabeth Gould, a woman overshadowed by history, firmly in the spotlight.

Wild Horses of the Summer Sun

Tory Bilski

Bilski’s debut is a spectacular story of friendship and adventure.

A Lifetime of Impossible Days

Tabitha Bird

Tabitha Bird’s stunning debut is a life-affirming novel about learning to forgive yourself.

55

James Delargy

James Delargy’s captivating novel, 55, is a gripping thriller with a killer hook.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri

Christy Lefteri’s powerful debut novel is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.

The Sparkle Pages

Meg Bignell

The Sparkle Pages is a heartfelt tale about one woman’s mission to reignite the passion in her marriage and find herself.

The Parisian

Isabella Hammad

The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.

The Flatshare

Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare is a delightful debut novel about two people who strike up an unlikely living arrangement.

The French Girl

Lexie Elliott

Lexie Elliott’s debut novel The French Girl is an intriguing, tangled mystery.

Eight Lives

Susan Hurley

Susan Hurley’s debut novel Eight Lives is a sophisticated thriller inspired by a real-life drug trial.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Felicity McLean

Felicity McLean’s debut is a mysterious coming-of-age novel about the disappearance of the Van Apfel sisters in the summer of 1992.

Star-crossed

Minnie Darke

Star-crossed is a dazzling debut novel about tinkering with destiny for love.

The Time Is Now, Monica Sparrow

Matt Howard

The Time Is Now, Monica Sparrow is a delightful story of second chances and new beginnings.

The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient is a remarkable debut novel about a woman’s brutal act, and the psychotherapist obsessed with investigating her crime.

The Secretary

Renee Knight

The Secretary is an enthralling read about an unassuming assistant who gathers knowledge about her peers.

The Woman from Saint Germain

J.R. Lonie

Set during World War II, The Woman from Saint Germain is a stunning historical fiction novel about two strangers who must become allies to survive.

After the Party

Cassie Hamer

Cass Hamer’s After the Party is a hilarious and heart-warming story about an unexpected gift left at a fifth birthday party, and a journey to find a missing mother.

The Lost Night

Andrea Bartz

Set in Brooklyn in the late noughties, The Lost Night is an exciting thriller about a party girl’s mysterious death, and her friend’s efforts to unearth the truth.

The Lost Girls

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence’s The Lost Girls is a stunningly haunting read about the ramifications of one’s choices.

Into the Fire

Sonia Orchard

Orchard’s debut novel, Into the Fire, beautifully examines female friendships.

Not Bad People

Brandy Scott

A brilliant debut novel from journalist Brandy Scott.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Check out our staff review and our Q&A with author Stuart Turton as we delve deeper into The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

At The Wolf’s Table

Rosella Postorino

Based on a true story, At The Wolf’s Table is a chilling debut novel about the experiences of one of Hitler’s food tasters.

January Fresh Talent

Kickstart 2019 with one of our favourite new debuts!

Fresh Talent – Best of 2018

Check out our favourite Fresh Talent titles from 2018!

Ohio

Stephen Markley

A gripping debut that explores issues in America’s rust belt.

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

Lenny’s Book of Everything is Karen Foxlee’s stunning, life-affirming debut novel.

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is a decade-spanning tale that blurs the line between reality and illusion, and free will and destiny.

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Joanna Nell

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village, is a heartwarming debut from author Joanna Nell.

The Children’s House

Alice Nelson

Alice Nelson’s breakthrough novel is a superb story about families and their complexities.

The Girl On The Page

John Purcell

John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page is a gripping debut injected with book industry intel.

Wedderburn

Maryrose Cuskelly

Cuskelly’s Wedderburn is compelling true crime tale set in Central Victoria.

Dinner with the Dissidents

John Tesarsch

The newest novel from barrister turned author John Tesarsch is an enthralling tale of deception.

The Sunday Girl

Pip Drysdale

Pip Drysdale’s The Sunday Girl is a brilliant debut novel about a woman’s revenge.

Interview With An Author: B.M. Carroll

B M Carroll

We chat with BM Carroll about her stellar new novel, The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy.

The Botanist’s Daughter

Kayte Nunn

Kayte Nunn’s The Botanist’s Daughter is a stunning debut novel that traverses time and place.

Goodwood

Holly Throsby

From Sydney songwriter and musician, Holly Throsby, comes a compelling tale of a small community divided by secrets.

Interview With An Author: Zoje Stage

We chat with Zoje Stage about her debut novel, Baby Teeth.

Scrublands

Rebecca Varela

Rebecca reviews the gripping debut novel from Australian author, Chris Hammer.

The Honourable Thief

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Archaeologist turned university lecturer, Meaghan Wilson Anastasios puts her expertise to use in her first solo novel.

The Rules of Seeing

Joe Heap

The Rules of Seeing is an enjoyable, original debut about perceiving the world differently.

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

Injected with both melancholy and Australian humour, journalist Trent Dalton’s debut novel is a tale of brotherhood, unlikely friendships and a Christmas Day jail-break.

Second Sight

Aoife Clifford

Aoife Clifford’s Second Sight is an enthralling read about small town mysteries.

The Nowhere Child

Christian White

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is a frenetic tale of trauma and memory.

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

Bri Lee’s courageous debut novel highlights the challenges associated with Australia’s legal system.

April in Paris, 1921

Tessa Lunney

A charming debut novel that places a glamorous, Australian heroine in the epicentre of liberal, vibrant, 1920s Paris.

The Book Ninja

Ali Berg Michelle Kalus

Can a book fanatic broaden her literary horizons in the name of love? Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus’ new offering perfectly illustrates the challenges of modern-day dating.

Our House

Louise Candlish

A riveting domestic thriller about a family’s nightmare coming to life.

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

Sarah J Harris

The stunning debut adult novel from author and freelance education journalist, Sarah J Harris.

You Me Everything

Catherine Isaac

A gorgeous debut novel that is in turns heartbreaking and hopeful.

Lovesome

Sally Seltmann

The triumphant debut from singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Sally Seltmann.

The Lace Weaver

Susi Fox

A magnificent historical fiction novel that highlights the value of love and friendship during wartime.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart

Holly Ringland

Set against a beautiful Australian backdrop, The Lost Flowers of Alice is a brilliant debut novel that tugs at the heartstrings.

Mine

Susi Fox

A haunting, psychological thriller that brings readers into a nightmarish and paranoiac situation, questioning their own understanding of the truth.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

An outstanding, clever and unputdownable debut, Gail Honeyman skillfully draws readers into the world of Eleanor Oliphant.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden can identify her killer. 

But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different person…

The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth

Do you ever really know your neighbours?

The safest suburbs often hold the deepest secrets.

The Pearler’s Wife

Roxane Dhand

From the high seas to the deep seabed, from the latticed verandahs of Buccaneer Bay to the gambling dens in Asia Place, The Pearler’s Wife is a stunning debut, inspired by a small yet pivotal moment in Australian history.

The Ruin

Dervla McTiernan

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget … The most addictive crime fiction debut of 2018.

Before I Let You Go

Kelly Rimmer

Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more… A moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma: Your sister or her baby. Who do you choose?

The Perfect Girlfriend

Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton’s ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ is a frightening depiction of unbridled obsession, for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.